Our country not only heard the message that our obesity problem needs to be addressed, but when I read news articles on it, is seems to be all out war and obesity is being attacked from every angle.

Our country not only heard the message that our obesity problem needs to be addressed, but when I read news articles on it, it seems to be all out war and obesity is being attacked from every angle.

Creativity has been used to encourage physical activity among cities.  Food options and portions have changed in schools.  Even marketing food and beverages to children has been altered.  And now, we have evidence that obesity is on the decline for 2-4 year olds in poor families and they suspect credit goes to breastfeeding promotion efforts.  It is wonderful to hear there is a decline in one of our population groups.  After all, when you impact obesity, you impact several chronic diseases at once.

For our own community, what contributers to obesity need to be attacked the hardest?  Is it physical activity?  Do we need more education on food choices and food preparation?  What are our greatest needs in Mexico?  Certainly, we have to consider the possibility that we are a unique community and our attack will be more effective if tailored appropriately.  We have a food swamp - healthful and not so healthful food choices abound.  We have made biking and walking easier in places in Mexico.  We have gyms to head to for exercise.  Perhaps it just comes down to choice, habit, and resistence to change.  Or, perhaps more people are adopting healthier lifestyles (even better) and we must wait for the new data to show us the results.

I will hope on the later and encourage all who read this to continue making healthful lifestyle choices this coming year.